I ate one of the largest lunches I've ever eaten, and spent $12 total. It was delicious.
This small, Vietnamese restaurant both looks and feels as though it is run by a family. The decor is modern, and the servers were both young (seemingly high...school or university students). Our server seemed timid, but did a good job in taking our order and delivering our food. Service was not phenomenal, but that's not really something I care about when ordering lunch, especially at a Pho joint.
The Happy Hour Special allows you to choose three dishes from a list, for a total of $12. THIS IS THE BEST LUNCH DEAL I'VE EVER HAD. While those around me ordered massive, steaming bowls of Pho for similar prices, I experienced a variety of Vietnamese cuisine that left me nearly comatose (in the best way).
The Mini Bowl of Pho was larger than many restaurants bowls of soup, and I ordered mine with rare beef. Bean sprouts and thai basil were kept separate, though I immediately piled them into the bowl, accompanied by hoi sin sauce and chili oil. I don't have too much experience testing other pho places, but this was delicious.
I ate the Shrimp and Pork Salad roll next. It was simple, but tasty, and served with a side of peanut sauce that helped its flavour. Not as good as the pho, but a great accompaniment, and I'd definitely order this trifecta again.
The third part of my meal was half of a Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi. My only complaint here was that the sandwich was served on a sub roll, not a baguette, but it really didn't detract much from the flavours. The lemongrass chicken was flavorful, and paired well with the usual Banh Mi veggies (cucumber, pickled carrots, etc.).
I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch, and was thrilled with the HEAPING amounts of food I received for such a low price. I will definitely go back! There is a reason so many of the customers here are locals, it is obvious that many people think the same as I. Great work Little Saigon! Thank you.More